Alexandra Chong, Ph.D., M.A., is a health insurance specialist for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). She joined CMMI in 2016. Dr. Chong is currently the lead for the Oncology Care Model (OCM), which is a payment model that seeks, through monthly and episode payment incentives, to increase coordinated and high–quality care of patients receiving chemotherapy. She has led studies and reviews focused on ensuring that clinicians participating with OCM are engaged in patient-centered care, care coordination, quality measure reporting, and the provision of enhanced services. Dr. Chong works closely with clinicians and stakeholders in the oncology community to garner feedback on clinical and methodological aspects of cost effectiveness and quality of care of patients.
Dr. Chong graduated summa cum laude from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and continued at Towson for her master’s degree in experimental psychology. She then received her Ph.D. in social health experimental psychology with a specialization in quantitative methods from Kent State University. She has extensive experience in research methodologies, statistical analyses in the context of testing the roles of interpersonal communications, stress related to chronic illnesses, and health outcomes. She has also published numerous peer-reviewed articles on healthcare utilization and expenditures, caregiving, and psychological well-being.